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How Do You Measure Success?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

August 19, 2010

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measuring-success.jpgThere are many ways that one might go about defining success and determining when success has been achieved.

How do you measure your success?

Guest blogger Herb Merriweather invites you to consider how your efforts, and not simply financial or physical gain, can be perceived as success.

The Measure Of Success

By Herb Merriweather

There are many yardsticks or standards by which we measure success. Financial gain, influence on others, or an impressive resume of accomplishments (or any combination of the three) have long been revered as proof of success.

Phrases like 'He who dies with the most toys, wins' and 'Greed is good...' creep into our vocabulary through popular culture and before we know it we have an exaggerated or skewed vision of success that sometimes leaves us wanting--or more importantly--not having the "success" we desire.

So, how should we measure success--money? Number of clients and/or students? amount of blogspace?

Allow me to suggest that we dial it back just a bit and re-channel some of our superpowers with 3 suggested daily standards. (Hey, c'mon...there are 10 Commandments--there's only 3 of these...)

1. Did I Live With Enthusiasm?

Was I joyful and grateful or doubtful and hateful...?

2. Did I Audition With Gusto?

Whenever my nephews throw me the football or the Frisbee, they always say, "It's your time to shine, Unc." Every audition is your time to shine. Make the most of it! You can replace the word "audition" with any number of action words like "produce", "direct", or "hug."

3. Did I Do Something For Somebody Else?

In the words of the great philosopher whose name now escapes me..."You ain't the only little flower in the garden, Petunia!" Others around you can benefit from your knowledge, your sense of humor and your talent. WOW! Imagine...helping someone ELSE be successful...

These are tough standards to stick to when people are stiffin' you for money, denigrating your talent or you haven't had a job in a while, but remember--success has been defined as the achievement of something attempted, and if we can consistently attempt the above 3 suggestions... I believe we'll be a lot more successful.

God bless...and Happy Voicing!

Herb Merriweather

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    Lovely way to start my morning, Herb! Thanks for sharing your 3 gauges of success. It's a wonderful action plan to live by, especially when you get back unexpected kindnesses as a result. Keep shining!

    Posted by:

      Herb, I can always count on you to give a fresh, positive perspective...

      Thanks buddy!

      Posted by:

        I helped my part time assistant get a full time job at a studio I've done work with here in NYC. From the time I contacted the studio to the time they hired her, 48 hours had elapsed.

        It was a win/win/win for all!

        Posted by:

          Yes. Yes. Yes. Thanks for the reminder. Very well said.

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          • Elinor Bell
          • August 20, 2010 12:01 PM

            Very good. I'd add a few things, itemized randomly:

            Did I try to do "the next right thing" and to do no harm? (And if I goofed up, did I keep in mind that "God permits U-turns"?)

            Was I helpful to someone? And did I remember NOT to "keep score" about it, and let the wheel of karma turn in its own way?

            Did I keep a good attitude, and try to lead by example, not platitude?

            And in the "hard realities" department, did I manage to keep love and friendship in my life, touch each obligation only once (or as few times as possible) and to "pay the bills" on time - literally and figuratively?

            If I did most or all of these things - and especially if there was a little money left over after the bills were paid (but even if not) - then it was a successful day.

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